Who is Emeagwali?                                           

Nineties Photos,Poems and Letters to Philip Emeagwali






Who is Emeagwali?...

Who is Emeagwali? My grandson is 12 and homework for this evening he had to identify 15 blacks who made contributions to the world and your name was on the list. He is very happy that it was because you are truly an inspiring individual. God bless.



Searching for truth ...

I am searching for the truth. My good friend Jason Tatum, gave me your address.... said that you know much about Africa. Is this true? You must be there if he mentions you.


Yet Another Atta Boy!...

I ran across your wedding site and thought how cool not only is he a genius he has the soul to share his world with a sista "Way Cool." I am helping a friend find out the history of African/African American scientists to teach his grandchildren that we can and have done more than sing and play ball. I am excited about the hard work you and Dr. Dale Emeagwali are doing and I don't think you know the enormous roles you both play in the spirit of our people and the greater good of the Earth.


Carla Gaunichaux

Wonderful article...

Last night my wife and I flew from Cotonou, Abidjan and Dakar on Air Afrique back to the United States. While browsing through the magazine, Africa International, I came across a wonderful article about you and your wife. I wish to congratulate both of you for your wonderful accomplishments and I pray that God will continue to inspire both of you.

Fon J. Ngu
Cameroon, npt@jadeinc.com



Popular in Hawaii...

greetings and aloha,

or perhaps I should say ashe' ashe'. I am a mother of 6 children, all of them are a lot more computer literate than I am. I currently head the local chapter of moms on the net. As an african american married to a japanese in an area where the emphasis is put on asian cultures, it is wonderful to find you on the net, actually my daughter celeste found you first, my son bryce ( the households resident hacker, and brain (or byte) child, printed out the information and did a presenation for his high school, my other two sons kedall and justin decided that this was a good thing, and are now trying to find books you have written at the local library, and my other two daughters have taped your message and are playing it for all of their friends . Mr. Phillip Emeagwali you are very popular in hawaii, and if you ever happen to come this way we would be honored to have you, in our homes, our schools and our lives. It is a pleasure to have something marvelous and wonderful to show that people of colour also add to the wonders of the scientific world. And the way you have done your website is so vivid. As a mother It makes me proud to have something to show my children. Your wife is an example to my daughters and I hope to hear from both of you soon.

Aloha nui loa Emilie Uyehara( mom and defender of the kernel code)
Bryce Uyehara (I wanna be like bill gates ( not any more) I wanna Be Like Phillip Emeagwali!)
Justin Uyehara
Kendall Uyehara
Jocelyn Uyehara
Celeste Uyehara

Alan H. Uyehara (Dad and fam sys.op.)



Bull-dozer of Stereotypes ...

In this age when all we hear about Nigeria and Nigerians is negative perceptions, I am proud to say you are a TRUE SON OF YOUR FATHERLAND who will go down in our history for being a bull-dozer of stereotypes of the Western Society.

I was in Nigeria recently and you do not know how much everyone was discussing you... From Govt. officials to Beer Parlours everyone felt proud to be Nigerian when they heard about your feat.

Israel Ameh
Canada, israel.ameh@sympatico.ca

Julius A. Clinton Sr., Stratford, CT, Dec. 23, 1999



Your are very truthful. The thing I loved most was that you did not forget your roots, because too many people do it.... I got to say at the end, that in my last 5 years in the internet your site is the most interesting one I ever saw.


Michael Goeldner, Hemer, NRW Germany, Nov. 11, 1999


Tell me, are you another Jona, who was sent to save Africa, and then divert your mission elsewhere?


Nouhou H. Inti,

Silver Spring, Maryland, Aug. 18. 1999





I brought my son to your web-site to show him that we have many intelligent people in the world that prove that we too have much to contribute.


William Patterson,

Poughkeepsie, New York, Mar. 7, 1999


This is one of the best sites that I've ever seen from an individual. It's not just technological, but full of history and culture. Keep up the good work, brother.


Roseal Bettis,

Maplewood, Minnesota, Mar. 19, 1999


Reading your web page I am in tears of joy for you. You did [not] just lay down and die. You took things to heart and followed your dreams to make things better for your family and all mankind.


Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Mar. 13, 1999



Good Role Model for Nigerians...

You inspired me to select Computational Fluid Dynamics as one of my options.... I just want to thank you for being such a good role model for Nigeria and Nigerians. Should your academic career ever lead you home to Nigeria, expect to see me in the front row of your classes.

Loughborough University
in England.


You are one heck of a guy...

You are one heck of a guy whose story should be told over and over again so that Nigerians, Africans and all people of African descents can be motivated and say yes, "I can too"!

Larry A. , Ph.D


Technology for New Zealand's ethnic minorities...


New Zealand,


Tony Brown Journal is looking for you...

I don't know why many or us (black folk) have never heard of you until we get on the Internet. I'm so happy that you can make your self known. It's people like you that Tony Brown (Journal) is looking for to inspire us...."



A true son of Africa...

My brother, you are a true son of Africa, and worthy of emulation.

Professor Bedford N.
Author and commentator on African Affairs


One step for mankind...

Your "Connection Machine" and Gordon Bell Prize is like the one step of a man that has unvieled a horizon of exploration for mankind, and to the Nigerian Nation a compass to the shores of Good Hope.

Chukwuemeka M.D.
, Russia



I just read some of your stuff for a paper I am writing and WOW!!!



Difficult times...

Stories like yours need to be told to the world, particularly Ndi-Igbo, especially at this time that we are undergoing one of the most difficult times in our long history.



I thought of committing suicide!!! ...

You are so correct .... As an African American student ... at the University of Alabama, depression and sadness is a daily fact in my life. Reading your article has lifted my spirits to allow me to continue one more day. It is sometimes overwhelming being a black man in America. With poor role models ... no inspiration and a hostile academic environment... I have thought about everything from leaving America to committing suicide. The struggles of African and African-American youth is a story that is never told. Please continue to inspire and create, because you may not know who you may touch with life.

D. M.
University of Alabama


No geniuses from the tropics ...

I once heard someone say that there are no geniuses from the tropics. I am glad that I have found that the statement is wrong. You seem to have proved that.

Lowell A.


Best web site in the universe ...

This is , by far the best web site in the universe. I teach Black History at our Church, and the information that I got is incredible! I love this!

Rev. L. H. Levine, Sr.


We remember ...

You have really made your mark on the world. We are proud to say we know you. We have told our children the story about how you would take 21 credits while working and then complete classes over vacation periods. We remember your hard work and dedication.

Steve and Mary
schoolmate (1974)
Bend, Oregon

My Good Ambassador ...

In fact Sir, you have shown the world that what whitemen can do, a blackman can do better, so my own good `Ambassador' keep on your coulor moving ... we your brothers at home and other parts of the world are proud of you ...

Basil Eje.
, Nigeria


Nigerian Ambassador Speaks...

By this great accomplishment, you have shown the world that, contrary to many negative press that tend to portray the generality of Nigerians in bad light particularly in the United States of America, Nigerians are capable of achieving greatness and do indeed excel in many fields.

Dr. Hamzat Ahmadu
Nigerian Ambassador to the
United States


Shame brought by Nigerian rulers...

News of positive things like what you do make me a proud Nigerian, notwithstanding the shame and mess being brought upon Nigeria by our so-called rulers every day.

Donald Odiwo
IBM Corporation, DOdiwo@aol.com


Fastest person in the world...

Sir, I just want to articulate my feelings on stumbling upon the fastest person in the world. Truly you are the fastest.

The 2nd Fastest, Doolia@aol.com


Many negative bones picked against Nigeria...

With so many negative bones picked so far against Nigerian image, we are using you as an example of what one man can do to polish a tarnishing image...

Emma Aniebonam
Silver Spring, Maryland, MANNY@softworkscc.com


Go Phil, Go Phil, Go Phil,...

It is so nice & refreshing to read of one of ours rising above the horizon [strains of Go Phil, Go Phil, Go Phil, Go Phil, Go Phil,...]

Debo Olatunde


60 minutes should report this accomplishment...

What can I say. I wish `60 Minutes' or other news organization can spend time and report on accomplishments like yours.

Stan Anya
Texas; a0005940@airmail.net



I am astounded you are not in the major news more frequently because you have truly achieved some major milestones.

Tony Morris
Washington, D.C.; morris@usgs.gov


Inspiration to pursue my dreams...

I continuously read your homepage because it gives me a sense of pride and provides me with inspiration to pursue dreams of my own.

Franklin Nnebe
United Nations Development
Programme, France;


You don't deserve congratulations...

If you used your intelligence to figure out how to decrease our dependence on oil, then and only then would you deserve congratulations. US oil companies don't need any more money!

Luis Hurtado
California, lhurtado@oboe.aix.calpoly.edu


Two Natures -- One Righteous, One Wicked...

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught, and history bears us witness, that the Caucasian was living in the caves and hills of Europe, walking on all fours, living with his (and her!) "best friend" -- the dog -- when Black men and women were living in high civilizations of Egypt, Ethiopia, Meroe and all over Asia Major and Asia Minor. Everything, every science and discipline that exists in their (Caucasoid) civilization was introduced by a Blackman of a Black civilization that predated their rather recent (6,000 year-old) one.

We taught the Caucasian even as recently as in the last 1200 years in Europe the rudiments of hygiene (though it must be admitted that this concept is, in a sense, a contradiction of terms), of husbandry, of agriculture, and of the astronomical sciences. We, the Blackman, not only named the objects in the Universe, but we put them there. We, the Blackman, also produced the Caucasian as a physical manifestation of the defect that came along in the Original Man when we self-Created ourselves (as God) so that all could see what would be produced if "wrong" was allowed to rule. Now the world sees, clearly, what they would and have produced -- Death.

As the Blackman's civilizations have commonly used science for the betterment of the planet, when the Caucasian has been taught of them, he (and she) has subsequently has used them to poison everything on the planet from the minds and morals of the people of the Planet Earth, to the soil, the air, and the future of every being on the planet. Wickedness. Savagery. Death. These words best describe Caucasoid products, wherever they are found. Everything that they have produced is centered in the science of death-making.

As Ben Wattenburg suggested in his recent book "The Birth Dearth", even their own species seems to be turning in on itself. The Earth (a living system of relationships) is undergoing a cleansing process, and the first and foremost to be obliterated must be the effects and the footsteps of the Caucasian Whiteman so that there will again reign peace on the planet and in the Universe.

Vernon Ali


Awesome webpage ...

I took a look at your webpage. Was awesome.

Nelda White
Beaumont, Texas; neldaw@tenet.edu


Love to play tennis...

I understand you are a great tennis player, I hope to play you someday but I am going to need help with my backhand (don't we all?).

Simeon Olowere

That child is crippled ...

Reading your article on a country called Nigeria I am sincerely impressed with your 20/20 vision.

Before I left for Nigeria after graduate school, thirteen years ago, I use to think Nigeria is a sleeping giant. Unfortunately, looking back at Nigeria after being here three years, I am forced to conclude without remorse that Nigeria is in a state of perpetual cormatose, and if care is not taken it may come out a crippled child.

As a patient Nigeria is not receiving deserved teatment, she is being catered to by voodo priests when what she needs is a group of brilliant minds like yours.

I hope the Nigerian government head-hunters are listening/or should I say Surfing?




Mathematics vs. basketball...

Your profile on the internet has given me a very high inspiration to call myself a Nigerian.

I am very proud of you. I printed all the profiles about you of my computer to show every single article to my four children who were born in Canada. I have encouraged them to be somebody, to prove to the world that our genes are capable of becoming whatever we decide to be.

My eldest son is very good in Mathematics but, he is channeling his talent towards Basketball. I am trying very hard to encourage him to put more efforts on his talent of Mathematics rather than sport. At moment, I am still fighting the battle with him. I am sure that I will win the war if I can show to him the great advantages of mental faculty over physical aspiration.

May God almighty continue to bless you and your family.



Koran and the Bee...

Congratulation. You are a great man in Computer and Mathematics.

I was so surprised when reading one of your finding about Bees in relation to the computer process. It is one more marvellous finding of Bees. Like mention in Kor'an (Moslem Sacred Book) in Chapter 16, title: Bee, I believe that Bees is something special that we can explore more about their behaviour and not merely mention in Koran. Koran only give clue that Bee is a special animal.

Eventually, You found something great about Bee. It is great. I was very impressed about that.

Once again, Congratulation Mr. Philip Emeagwali.

Landung Wahana
Indonesia, landung@kami.com


Nulli secundus...

I first read of your achievements in one of the nigerian magazines sometime last year. Yesterday I decided to make a search because I was so sure you would have a webpage. I ended up visiting your son & wife's webpages as well.

No doubt you have achieved a lot not only for the African people, but for all blacks all over the world. Your ingenuity as far as I am concerned in your chosen profession is "nulli secundus" . May the good Lord continue to bless your family so that you can continue to show the misinformed people all over the world that BLACK PEOPLE DO HAVE BRAINS AS WELL! I will make sure I introduce all my friends in London to your webpage so they can see what their brother and sister have achieved.

Adeniji Okuyiga
, England



Emeagwali's formula ...

I am doing a report on Philip Emeagwali and I would really like to know your mathematical achievements. I already know that you helped the U.S. to start to extract oil but I want to know the formula of how you did it.





Adesola Adeyemi , South Africa.



The points made were very solid, the progression between points as very smooth. The logic, as I stated, behind the statements made are as sound as I've heard and, in all honesty, I would be extremely pleased if I heard on the news that you had been nominated to serve on the board of Vision 2010. I would only pray that others who saw as you do would be signed on too. As a matter of fact, what I liked most about the speech is that it made me sad--it made me feel a longing for Nigeria and generated some kind of resolve to assist in some way or another as dictated by circumstance.

ekeh@fate.eng.buffalo.edu (Gaga Ekeh)



You hit on the major points that need to be emphasized. As an advocate of the Internet, I have always expressed the fact that this is Nigeria's chance at catching up with the rest of the world. The creating of this infrastructure will put us in the right direction. Many nations that have adopted the Internet have obviously started reaping the benefits of hooking up. Even along the West African coast, countries like Ghana, Ivory Coast and Benin are hooked up to the Internet so why not Nigeria? You have made the point about the use of foreign computer experts by some companies in America, even in Britian companies are exporting their jobs to Asia too because of cheap labor and the fact that it gives the companies 24hr office structure taking advantage of the time difference of these counries - can you imagine having a 24hr office. productivity has balloned for these organizations. The advantage for Nigeria would be jobs, especially in a country where there is currently over 80% unemployment. The Internet has a way of spinning cottage industries - Internet service providers, web hosting, Internet telephony/videoconferencing, Internet programmers etc. - these are job avenues for computer graduates and others who are interested in computers.

Nubi Achebo


Two Natures -- One Righteous, One Wicked...

The speech is fine. Though difficult to know how to write it to force the hands of our rulers to positively take notice and take action. Other than this speech I even suggest that you write Abacha and his men particularly the Technology Minister (Engr. Momah of Nnewi) to lift the ban or reduce the minimum duties paid to import computers and its bits. My dismay while in Nigeria is that while the telephone connections to the citizens and calls round the world are getting cheaper in every other country, in Nigeria they are getting dearer. Presently it cost 60000 Naira (£462), paid to the government (excluding bribery) for phone connections. A three minutes phone card to Europe costs 1262 Naira (over £9). This is certainly out of this world! In fact, point of correction, your analysis that calls from Nigeria to US is 150 Naira , is when it was CHEAPER. However, I don’t know what it is dailing from home- but then again how many people can afford the cost of connection plus another large deposit if the phone were to be used to call outside the country. Abacha and his men might listen to people like you. If you can write them directly things might change.

MARTIN UZUEGBUNAM , Structural Engineer, England


Galvanise ...

I consider it a very excellent, informative and challenging speech. It should make the congress and the subsequent readers not only reflective but very keen to set out on a voyage along the path mapped by you. In short it should galvanise US to action.

Adesola Adeyemi


Love to play tennis...

To every man there comes in his lifetime that special moment when he is tapped on the shoulder by his peers and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to him and fitted to his talent; what a tragedy if that moment finds him unprepared. Sir, I must say that the articulation of your vision by way of this speech has indeed shown that those who tapped you to make this speech must be proud and should be congratulated. ...Your articulation of how technology has helped other developing countries such as Malaysia, Korea and South Africa and how it will enhance our economic growth was very well reasoned and measured.

How can any intelligent person find fault with this speech? Sir, I think you covered the bases, however, a reasonable mind will ask such questions as, how do we pay for such a gigantic venture considering the state of our treasury? The answer is not far to seek. Cut expenditures such as Ajaokuta steel complex, reduce the size of the military and arms importation, privatize our corporations, reduce the size of government and return the country to democracy. The effect of these cut-backs may be draconian and sure will bring with it a lot of hardship but we must not forget that no one likes using iodine on a fresh sore, however, when iodine is applied to an open wound, it facilitates the process of healing. I'd say, let's find out how these countries accomplished these goals. After all, their economies were worst than ours when they embarked on this journey. That is why we must invest in education as you rightly pointed out

Finally, there is a saying that the reasonable man adapts himself to the world and the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Let's hope that the people who are in position to put this plan into reality will take a good look at your speech and hopefully begin the arduous task of implementing the vision imbedded in your speech. You are like a rare masquerade, which comes out only on special occasions, thanks brother, may your ink never run dry.

Ike Igboji


Yet Another Atta Boy!...

My dear brother, you cannot Imagine the kind of joy I felt when I read that you are going to deliver a speech , on an advisory note to the betterment of our motherland. I have gone through the speech, and I find it very inspiring. Now, would the people that matter find it inspiring too? Because we are too far away from all the action and decision making, I Suggest you copy the presidency, finance minister, and vision 2010 committee the speech and its entirety. My brother, I wish I had the means to champion this believe with you but I beleive that proper persuation on your part and well meaning Nigerians would generate proper funding for your veiws. HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT SETTING UP A COMMITTEE OF INTELLIGENT AND WELL MEANING NIGERIAN BRAINS ABROAD, THAT WOULD BE FORMIDABLE ENOUGH TO SOLICITE AUDIENCE WITH THE PRESIDENCY? My brother, faith can take you a long way. I strongly commend your speech. I see you like music too, I can tell from your web site. I recommend you go out and buy GLORIA ESTEFAN’S MI TIERRA (MY HOMELAND) its song in spanish but you would be moved by the english interpretations too. I hope it makes your believe in your motherland stronger. I hope you succeed.



You Go Bro'!...

I've got only 1 word and 1 comment for you! AWESOME. Your stars are in Orbit and still very far from jiving off a Tangent. So keep your groove going Phil and raise Naija's name to loftier heights - as our "Own" People in Power have caused us redeemable shame and dragged our determined and hard-working psyches in the mud - leaving the youthful minds and leaders of tomorrow to resort to Self Exile in Oyinbo Land!!!

Akin Sadiku


Cancel my subscription...

I was suprised to discover the degree of your contribution to this subject of my fascination but more amazed that I have never heard about you considering the fact that I read and actually subscribe to every computing magazine under the sun. I believe this is a color thing and I will write to the editors of these magazines and journals and ask for an explanation barring which I'll cancel my subscription.

Toboy Malone, Tn029@mdx.ac.uk
Middlesex University, London



I remember vividly the day I came to you with a problem in calculus and you asked for the answer and not the question. You tried to arrive at the question through the answer. I will never forget that day. I thought that was very braggadocio.

George Ekweozor, georgeekweozor@webtv.net
High school classmate in
Nigeria (1971)


Are you gifted?...

Mr Emeagwali I have noticed that most people who excell in what they do seem to be more gifted in that area or subject compared to others. Yourself is an example. You may have had the mental ability passed on to you from your parents. I am interested in transforming myself into being a very good student. For you it appears to have been natural. How does a person transform themselfs if they are not gifted?



Biased western media...

I will like your achievement with other blacks to be well publicized. I came to know about this by chance. I honestly think that the media in the west tend to conceal the identity of achievements made by black scientists. This has really worked well for them as our young brothers in the Diaspora are not motivated as they do not see there own kind in these fields."

Toyin Sonoiki, oluwatoyin.sonoiki@virgin.net
London, England


A clarion call...

There may soon be a clarion call for you to come home and help us build the nation.

Chidiadi Ododo, adaudo1@pol.net


Visit our school...

Thank you for replying to our email we are grateful that you replied. We would love for you to visit our school. We have talked it over with the principal (Dr. Pamela Wilkins) and she agrees that a visit from you would enhance our school. So the next time you are in town please call us and visit our school.

Detroit, Michigan


Nigerian National Merit Award...

I have read about your accomplishments in the area of computing,and I think you qualify to be considered for the Nigerian Merit Award.A request for nominations has just gone out. Kindly let me know if you are interested as I wish to nominate you.

Wole Osinupebi
Forwarded by Engr Charles Akindayomi


Political stand...

First, I would like to thank you for using you ability in a way that will be beneficial to the future generations. Many times Black accomplishment goes unrecognized because the man behind the accomplishment does not want to take a political stand, from fear that he might lose something himself.

We do not possess the knowledge that you have, but we would like to know what we can do to help to move the political as you continue to move the scientific. I feel that it is important for Africans and African Americans to rally around your accomplishments, as well as other accomplishments by the children of Africa. We must turn these accomplishments into triumphs for all Africans around the world.

I hope that you and your allies are looking into getting help from African intellectuals around the world. This way we can spend man hours to further education, without losing man power that is needed to continue your accomplishments.

Peace and love,

Rashim and Khali Cannad, Cannads@aol.com
Maryland, United States


No to white supremacy ...

Abba! Inferiority of the black race is not the point. It is ignorance on the part of those who think that way. Ignorance, that is the point. If blacks are indeed inferior to other races in intellect and ability, how can you explain the FACT that the US Library of Congress lists that Nigeria has the most number of PhD holders of all the nations in the world? (Check this out!). How else also can you explain the FACT that what is called civilization today actually originated from Egypt? How can you explain the enigma called Philip Emeagwali? Some even go to the extent of saying christianity started from the white man! No way. Open your eyes when you read your bible man! It says clearly in Luke 23:26 that Simon the Cyrenian (the African) carried the Cross for Jesus. Where was the white man? Then go to Acts 13:1-2 and read about Lucius the Bishop of Cyrene (African) one of the first leaders of the early church laying hands on Paul and sending him to take the gospel to Europe.

So, hey what do you think? We are not talking about the inferiority of any race here, more so the black man. Its ignorance to think that way. We better accept our differences and benefit from it man. Taiwo.

taiwo, taiwo@sacto.org


Thanks for being ...

Next week I will be addressing a group of about 100 minority children for our youth awareness week. I intend to use your name and background in my brief talk....thanks for being.

Ferguise L. Mayronne


Give your life to Jesus ...

Kedu. Bawo ni? ... The Bible says what does it profit a man if he should gain the whole world and lose his life. I will like you to emulate those who recorded outstanding success and did not fail to recognise their creator. If you have not given your life to Jesus consider doing that today.

Olufemi/Wale, HELOVEME@aol.com


I salute your work ...

Hello!! I am an African-American student in Kansas who feels so relieved that there is another, famous, African-American with similar interests to my own. Once I visited your website, I knew I had to e-mail you with my compliments. I salute your good work.




Time Magazine...

I first discovered your (original website) about a year ago. I was astounded. I printed out copies of part of it and passed it out to friends who work with young people. I work for an electric utility and asked my EE friends with degrees in computing and telecom, etc. if they knew about you, and all were as ignorant as I was.

"WHY WASN'T HE ON THE COVER OF TIME OR NEWSWEEK?" I demanded to know. Today, an 18 year old university sophmore discovered your website on my Bookmarks, and she was inspired by you and your wife. Between you and Drs. Craig Black, Ben Carson, Paula Mahone, and Karen Graham, I defy anyone to say that our children have no role models except basketball players and rappers.

I commend you and appreciate you all! Thank you for epitomizing excellence.

JD Slater


Write your autobiography...

Reading about someone like you is very inspirational and reinforces my belief that hard work and perseverance is the answer. I have never heard of you and to be honest I was skeptical at first (just shows the extent of the brain washing), yours is a story worth telling. Please write an autobiography so future generations can read about your accomplishments. God bless.

Taj Oladiran


Your Genius...

I've read the many letters from other people of African descent...I can only repeat the confidence that you have given to them and to me. We as a people can not be silenced ...we as a people are a superior race... now thanks to your genius the whole of mankind will bear witness to this fact through out human history. I Pray to God for your continued success in the fields of technologies that 'others' believe that we as a people do not belong in nor compete in because of some fallacious and erroneous belief that we are an inferior race of monkey offspring.

Clyde Knight


Compared to Albert Einstein...

You have been compared to Einstein and Bill Gates. They seemed to be individuals who have taken humanity to the next level with their contributions so I am more inclined to think of you as an independent scientist. Do you give lectures or talks around the country?


Call me...

Your web page is fascinating. Too bad there are not enough professional black men here. Call me if interested 216-XXX-XXXX.

Name Withheld


Don't change racists...

No I believe you miss a point, science is science regardless of race, creed or belief. The danger is people who interpret science as something which it is not, a social force. I know that you may disagree with this, but if someone says that a persons work is less valid because of the coulour of their skin, well then I have nothing to say.

I am a scientist and god forbid my work should be of any use to anyone. Don't hope to change racists, change their children, then at least there is hope.

I admire your achievements and hope that you have many more

Eoin Fleming


Great light of God...

God Speed and continue to give old Bill [Gates] a run for his money. instead of using his MicroSoft Windows you can enter the world of supercomputing with "Afrosoft Doors". John 10:1-10. You are blessed by him to be able to have a mind and will to develop such great technological strides for mankind. Develop that Door so that this nation can see that out of darkness shines the great light of God in your blackness regardless of the Eurocentric attitudes of an Anglosaxon America. There is hope still.

Reginald G. Pugh
North Carolina


Pride of Africa ...

I learnt of feat 1st in the respected nigerian n/paper -the guardian-while I was still at home. Thank you for removing reproach from the black man. GOD bless you and your family. GOD bless AMERICA ,a land of limitless opportunities. Keep up the tempo.



Inspiration ...

I was doing some research on high school drop-outs for a speech I'm doing in class. I read about all of the great things you've accomplished and I just wanted to say that I think everything you've done is great! I only hope I can accomplish such hard tasks and do as well in life as you obviously have. I just wanted you to know that knowing this I have some inspiration and more hope.

Kim, 16 years old


Tromso, Norway ...

We still talk about you here in Tromso. I think most of the foreigners here are very happy about what you achieved.

Mohamed Keyse
, Norway


It's sad - it truly is...

It's about 2 a.m here in Chicago on a Monday morning. I guess I'm composing this letter because of the unbelievable feat of computing genius that I've just read has overwhelmed me. I just happened across this sight and read the accomplishments of this brilliant man. I heard nothing of this in the news. It really bothers me because I know the reason that I didn't hear anything and it's sad - it truly is. All I would like to say to Philip is keep shining, your achievements can't be supressed forever.

Joseph Cotton


Unsung Heroes...

Brother, I came across your accomplishment by luck. It is funny how you have not been given a write up in the magazines like Time and Newsweek. Your accomplishment is a major break through in technology but still they refuse to give you your just do. Well, I am inspired by you and all the other unsung heroes of African descent that have not received adequate recognition. It goes back to my belief that we are a feared people, and Europeans feel that they need to keep the field unlevel in order to compete with us. Well as the saying goes, "God gives you only what you can handle." From what I can see, you can handle a great deal brother. Keep up the good work, and make the rest of us and our ancestors proud.

Charles L. Calvin


Fly brother fly...

Your website is fantastic. I wish I could do the same,... Fly brother fly. You make all of us proud. It is so comforting and spiritually healthy to know that an African brother has done so much for world knowledge and understanding. Sad to say very few hear of you in Canada. We want our people here to know who you are and what you've done for the world. And more importantly, Africa and Africans are not just apes, but can also think and create. If we don't promote ourselves and our knowledge, then who will?

Frank Boahene, Ph.D.
Director-General, International Foundation of Friends of






You are a star...

I have heard, read and read and read all about you two [Philip and Dale Emeagwali] and I say, may God continually bless and uphold you as you bring glory and honour to humanity indeed. I lack words to express myself, the joy, shock, excitement, bewilderment, name it. As I put together my Ph.D. thesis in Linear Induction Drives (linear lauchers), I must say your testimony has brought more life and energy into my being than ever before. You are a star and you inspire excellence.

University of Cape Town, South Africa


Are you really a drop out?...

It hard to believe that a true [high school] drop out can achieve the level of proficiency you have attained in the science world. Are you really a drop out?

Centre for Theoretical
Physics, Italy


Go figure...

It is so great to see a man of color working with computers. I live in the Bay Area and worked with high technology companies in corporate finance. So few people of color, yet the richest people in the valley never finished college. Go figure but they are white. I want to see a black owned run and operated Microsoft.

Michelle Hutchins
Silicon Valley, California


Don't change racists...

No I believe you miss a point, science is science regardless of race, creed or belief. The danger is people who interpret science as something which it is not, a social force. I know that you may disagree with this, but if someone says that a persons work is less valid because of the coulour of their skin, well then I have nothing to say.

I am a scientist and god forbid my work should be of any use to anyone. Don't hope to change racists, change their children, then at least there is hope.

I admire your achievements and hope that you have many more

Eoin Fleming


Keynote Address...

this is kayode ojo. the national president of the nigerian association of computer science students. you are really a source of inspiration and encouragement to the entire computer science students in nigeria. i will want you to deliver a keynote address someday at our conference. God bless you and Nigeria.

kayode ojo
Illorin, Nigeria


You certainly are a phenomenon! ...

You certainly are a phenomenon!... Someone came into my store at Berkely, California and shared some information with me about a Nigerian with a fascinating web site. I told a friend about it, too. Just yesterday, the friend I had shared the information with came back to say he'd found the web site [http://emeagwali.com]. It's magnificent.

Adebisi T. Aromolaran, Ph.D.


Philip Emeagwali University? ...

I have read your story with avid interest. I don't think that from what I have read about you, that Bill Gates come close to you in terms of technical skill. Therefore, that people will rank you with Bill Gates is absurd. Bill Gates may be the richest man on this planet, but as far as I know, he is very highly skilled, extraodinary, and imaginative enterpreneur. I admire him for that, but he does not have such extraordinary technical skill like yours.

My question to you is: What is your objective in turning this extraordinary skill into material wealth. Most important any plans of setting up an African Institute of Technology where African students and the world can come and pick your brain? -- kind of a University in your name in the mother land. Someone like Bill Gates see the world for the taking. He can pick your brain to achieve his imagination. He does it very well. He makes predictions according to his imagination and the rest of the world will follow him en mass.

Hilary Dike

Brother from America...

Dr. you are out of sight.....I can't really express my true feelings for your progress I am not that heavy. But it does my heart good to stumble up on this website to see that Bill Gates may be the most popular, but you have offered a lot to the science of Computation. You are an inspiration to me.



more more more!!!...

Tell me more about yourself.



You have made us proud...

You along with others like you have confronted racism straight in the face, and conquered it.

Michael Aregbesola
Ph.D. student, Queen's
University,Canada. 3moa@qlink.queensu.ca


It's a shame ...

You are by far the most inspiring man I have heard of for many years. Honestly, I have never heard of you until I searched my computer. It's a shame that you are known only to a select few

Kimberly Smith
Iowa, Louisiana, kesmith@maas.net


Nigeria sucks!...

Nigeria sucks! I was told that the Nigerian government is scared of the knowledge the citizen would gain by the internet. Ghana has a home page. Shame on Babaginda or what ever he is called.

Phil Odeh
Korea, idefua@soback.kornet.nm.kr


African Institute of Technology ...

What about using your achievements in computer science to seek African support to build a first rate institute of science and technology in West Africa -- thus African students will not have to travel to the U.S to develop their skills in technology. What about the WIST -- The West African Institute of Science and Technology. UNESCO might be interested in offering support in this regard.

Born in
Sierra Leone, West Africa


Hi Brother...

I came across your site purely by accident today. And I am glad I did as it reinforced my believe in what people can do. Without getting into a tirade, suffice to say I am impressed with what you represent and wish you more success. I will frequent your site and in fact, will recommend it to as many people as I can (including some of my students - I teach part time). I am in the computer field too, so it was particularly refreshing to see a fellow Nigerian achieve such a feat! You can be sure I will show the site to my son, too. Well, say hi to your wife and son, Kedu and Odabo; God bless us all :)

Rasheed Solebo


Blind Materialism...

I read about you in a Nigerian newspaper, where I learnt of your site. I really congratulate you. I am very glad for your achievements which could not be covered up like those of many other excelling Nigerians (and Africans); yours are of those that cannot but be acknowledged by the Western world.

You success is of particular interest to me as I am also in the computer field, working for an oil company. People like you are a consolation to those of us who are appalled (to say the least) at the blind materialism of the corrupt few who are dragging this great God-blessed nation backward.

Let's all be ready to move the country forward as soon as God rids us of the cloggs in the wheels of progress. God bless you, brother.

Jimi Odeleye


Racism can never be "overcame" ...

One of your articles stated you overcame racism to achievements but to correct this caption, racism can never be "overcame" it can be acknowledged as true, and life go on. I mean, we as melanin dominate people must find the strengh in the knowledge that we are more than the average human evidenced by our melanin, suvivorship, human nature.



Massively parallel processing ...

Thank you for your web page on massively parallel computing. It is an interest area for me relating to my work in supplying "intelligent content" to corporate Intranets. The idea of utilizing a corporate Intranet to perform parallel processing interests me immensely.

The question you pose, "Where can we find the expert parallel programmers?" is probably more a question of WHEN we will find them, as I personally see an upcoming era of interdisciplinary, information integration. Instead of the "killer app", I pursue the "killer integration" of intelligent databases and systems.

Has anyone ever performed parallel processing by optically linking say several Cray-2 or 3's and distributing the tasks amongst their instruction sets?

David Banash


Black dating services ...

You have a very interesting page. I enjoyed reading it. Does the questions change often? I like the way you responded to that idiot.

You are also a very attractive as well as intelligent man. I was wondering if you know of any Black dating services on the net for an intelligent woman looking for a professional intelligent man....

I would like to meet some men in my city who are classy and prominent and upstanding in their community. The bar scene is definately not happening. I'm 35 years old, a professional legal secretary and native new yorker. I have every material thing I want out of life, but I have control over my love life. I'm too old and tired now to play silly games and I want something different out of life. Can you guide me in the right direction?

Good luck with your page and keep the interesting topics coming.

Name Withheld


Love and not racism ...

I don't know how I found this interesting man, but I've been reading for three hours. Very interesting. I am glad my parents taught me love and not racism. Charlie

I felt like I won a million dollars...

I am just so very proud of you that I felt like I won a million dollars. I am an African American man and you are an inspiration to me. I would be more than happy if you can send me your autographed picture at this address.

A. Charles Ceesay
6223 Springhill CT. 303
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Thank you.


My father is a big fan of yours...

I just found your page through Nigeria.com. I can't believe I'm privileged enough to actually be writing you. I read with awe about your "fastest in the world" computer before I came to America in August this year. You instill so much pride in me because one, you're Nigerian (Lord knows we need people like you right now with the negative world image we have) and secondly because I'm a Systems and Computer Science major at Howard University.

It's inspiring for me to see how successful you've become. I'm really right at the bottom of the ladder - just learning C++ programming language, HTML, and JAVA for the moment. But one day, when I become rich and reknown, you'll know you, in a respect, made it possible.

P.S I can't wait to tell my father I sent YOU e-mail. He's a big fan of yours too.

Yours sincerely,
Frances Uku


Youths need your inspiration...

Nigeria's youths need inspiration which accomplished persons like you offer to put this potentially great country, Nigeria, on that very high pedestal in the comity of nations where it truly belongs. Even adults need the inspiration too.

Fisan Bankale
Nigeria; Editor, Daily Sketch


Something good from Nazareth...

Something good can still `come from Nazareth.' I am very proud of you.

Denis Isizoh
Vatican City, Italy
; cdi@iol.it


You give us hope and inspiration...

News of people like you make it worthwhile for the rest few of us black scientists who often resemble "outcasts" amongst our peers and people. But, you give us hope and inspiration. And being a Nigerian too..."

Dr. Omoshile Clement
Pacific Northwest National Lab
Richland, Washington


My brother, you are noble! ...

From one Nigerian to other, I am indeed very proud of you, especially these days that all we hear and read about young Nigerian men and women is drug dealing and credit card fraud. My brother, you are noble! Please keep up the good work. I share your love of computers and strongly believe that we can make a difference. God Bless you!

Joy Wigwe


What you did for me today...

This isn't about anything. It's just to say that I found the information about you by accident and it made me feel that there may be hope lurking about in the world. Actually, it just felt good to read it and so that's what you did for me today.


Thank you and I am,
Guy Ricklin


Don't get too corky...

Just wanted to say yr credentials are great and I'm glad u made full use of yr talents. It's pple like you that give meaning to life itself, ok. But dont get too corky, now. Well, I'd love to learn a thing or two from you. Hope u dont mind my adding u as a link on my page.

chichi ofoma


Proud of Africa...

I am so proud of you and of Africa as a whole.

Mary Wambui Kihanya
Kenya; barile@genome.lbl.gov



You're an inspiration for those of us coming behind. I am sure proud of this Nigerian!! Bravo!!

Kehinde B. Adetona
Univ. of
Newcastle, United Kingdom



Thanks for opening up new horizons once again.

South Africa, zharg@iafrica.com


A quantum leap forward...

This is one of those technological breakthroughs that can have a profound effect in so many areas of our society that we can make quantum leap forward.

John T. Hall
New York


Compared to Steve Jobs and Bill Gates...

The Herald article compared you to the likes of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates and that means that people like you come around once in hundreds of years. It is a blessing that you are one of our own.

Uzo Ihionu


Africans looked as less intelligent race ...

You don't know me and I don't know you. But I would like to congratulate you for your great achievements. Being an African (a Tanzanian), I know how painful it is for the Africans to be looked as "sub-humans, less intelligent race, etc." You are a shining example. Keep it up!

B. A. S.
University of Bonn,


U really tried o....

I have just visited your webpage and men, u really tried o.

Ade Talabi
United Kingdom; ade_talabi@nigerian.ftech.co.uk








Ikenga[MSOffice3]  for Philip Emeagwali

By OBU UDEOZO, University of Jos, Nigeria.

According to Chinua Achebe,

       Udeozo’s poetry comes to us hot from the foundry of his restless imagination.

         He is a natural poet ready to take on any subject that touches his people.

         We shall hear of him more and more in the years ahead.”


Ikenga for Philip Emeagwali is excerpted from Cyclone - an anthology of poems

shortlisted for the 2005 Nigeria LNG literature prize. 


our landscape is a catwalk

of songs;

praise singing explodes

on every tongue,


trumpets and cymbals

more sonorous than April thunder

escort long drums and flutes

in their intoxicated tunes


our native land

is aglow with melodies…


ñño, aka ikenga,

elephants float

                on your right thumb

to compel the spotlight upon us;



truth cracked

after your tessellated models

tore the digital divide:

their fresh Ayatollah of malice;

truth cracked,

when your chicken over oxen theory

defied the deified Seymour Cray

to deliver the crown of science

upon the African Sun.


this hemisphere

is a Christmas of trumpets

         our laughter season.


God who planted

the Onyx stone of Gad

within us,

is redeeming that pledge

of our sunrise.


our folks

are summoned

across the four winds

for a steaming fiesta

over Chineke’s smile upon us;



aka ikenga,

astride the surrealist oche ekwu[MSOffice5]  handcrafted special

may courtiers rain you comfort

with peacock feathers


our fatherland

      is drunk with songs.


what psalms

shall we engineer

for him who

beyond seven seas and seven terrains

captured the daybreak of foreign gods


             your Papacy in science

             radiates in alien tongues


what algorithms

of dance steps

       shall unravel

this immanence of our race?


Philip Emeagwali,

your Madison Square Garden feat

       over fractious fraternity

             at the hot horizons of knowledge


redeemed the millennial eclipse

of our ravaged soul.


your connection machine,

and honey-combed logic

in massive parallelism,

             awoke dry bones

                   our God’s gift

which vindicates Nwagu Aneke[MSOffice6] 

that the children of Cush

shall outshine the firstborn;


but they slapped

conspiracy across your paths,

padlocks and platinum gates

saluted your dreams

yet your Chi[MSOffice7] 

       lit your anointed breath


for the Onitsha pilgrim

       whose pocket betrayed

           even at home

to pluck the gold medal

of the computer age;


a tale Bill Clinton

sprayed to  a world  agape;

a sugared tale in our innocent ears…


your train loads of prizes

and caravan of honours

across the globe;

a dizzying statistic

that at last,

God has poured

His sovereign Spirit

upon all flesh.


our current godlike mode

       of fecundity and genius

             across the globe;

is God’s incomprehensible equity

upon all mankind;


whether Black or Yellow or Blue….


Philip Emeagwali,

aka Ikenga

astride the surrealist Oche Ekwu

may courtiers slake your thirst

with Divine wine.


mythic king

of our bloodline,

we polish our music with lightning 

and erect anthems

sky high

at our Maker’s altar

for a wonder child

and proof

that the lamb and leopard

shall chew Divine grass

on Mount Zion

at the appointed feast

of our

Christ and Redeemer King.

-       Amen. 
















By OBU UDEOZO, University of Jos, Nigeria.

According to Sunday VANGUARD

       Obu Udeozo’s poetry resonates with a delightful music

       and an amazing simplicity of idiom. Yet he deals with

       very complex emotions and vivifies every acute metaphor

       with a learned grasp of phenomenal nature…”


Segways is excerpted from Cyclone - an anthology of poems

shortlisted for the 2005 Nigeria LNG literature prize. 


mathematics is

       the midwife of mysteries


surgeons and spies,

       archaeologists of the mind;


your Onitsha cousin’s

             tectonic calculus

       delivers prodigal oil fields

from perpetual loss and darkness

by giving Fillunger’s fiction

             the amazing flesh of truth.


robotic engineering

             is census and prophecy

       over human hairs,

             the water’s backbone;

gravity of flowers and electronic eagles:


and after the

       water-maid’s pure head,

             equations become

flutes, rockets and flowers


become segways….





       become gods and Deep Blue

the Deep Blue

       that served Gary Kasparov

             a suplex

       but swore celibacy

             at the rebound…



geometric reasoning –



- the mythic face of kings

       betrays no breast tinted lips…


your geometric reasoning

       was our Moses upon the Nile,

             colour coded

       against the infanticide

             awaiting Hebrews and Igbos

                    astride time


the God anointed bloodline

to unveil the wind’s cerebellum

       the brain’s hieroglyphics

       and architecture of space.


and now

       you serve

volcanoes a cup of tea

       in a paradise of perfect machines




a concierge of computers

       baby-sit other engines

for laundries, shopping, executive stress;

baby-sitting and browsing the web…


in a seamless patrimony

       where numbers father systems

that sire huge googols of networks;



for our laptops

       Internet, and every PDA

in our pockets

to yield the pay-load



Mozart, Emeagwali, Einstein,

       Achebe and Shakespeare


at a whistle call

and to heal every cold and catarrh, debt relief, cancer, Ebola, neuroses, global warming, exfoliative dermatitis, famine and create smart weapons systems, smart clothes, polyglot refrigerators or smart handkerchiefs;


to coddle us, console us, comfort us

       at each whistle call;

in the armpit of rocks

in every face of earth.




for the pay-load



Mozart, Emeagwali and Einstein

       Achebe and Shakespeare


to leap into our


whenever we sneeze or sigh or dream

and to oil our laughter

in a paradise of perfect machines…












By OBU UDEOZO, University of Jos, Nigeria.

According to Chinua Achebe,

       Udeozo’s poetry comes to us hot from the foundry of his restless imagination.

         He is a natural poet ready to take on any subject that touches his people.

         We shall hear of him more and more in the years ahead.”

Igbo is excerpted from Cyclone - an anthology of poems

shortlisted for the 2005 Nigeria LNG literature prize. 



the earth

vanished into a pin-hole;

I am soaked with songs...


My ancestry’s

sharp beauty baptized me

at the forest’s nipple


       - a pilgrim of delicious peace.



       space-shuttle and speech

       your civilisation flowers

       in every face of earth


yet your offspring

hide in the toilets

of foreign tongues


your offspring

bury your sharp beauty

with the inferiority of mad English.


mystic damsel

I shiver

in your tabernacle’s splendour


beyond Bill Gates and microchips,

you fathered supercomputer’s Emeagwali

- a vapour in the ocean

of your maltreated genius.


mystery’s powdered face

succumbs to insight


we must rescue

our lone baby from oblivion’s fire


we must re-plant

our fingerprint

against the monologue of English,



awaits those

who drink from our roots

not our suicidal love of foreign gods.




             - by  Obu Udeozo.[MSOffice9]       






















Udeozo’s Cyclone and Compassion treat almost every subject under the sun…”


                                                                                DAILY SUN.


“ Universality is one word which  summarizes Obu Udeozo’s themes in Cyclone.  The poet is versatile in handling varieties of themes with amazing ease and mastery.”

                                                                                The GUARDIAN.


“…his is indeed a most universal range covering traditional African lore, myths of Africa and other lands, sacred scriptures both Judeo – Christian and oriental, classical literature and history, music, painting and contemporary Africa and world affairs.  His poetic range is bewildering….”

Prof. Francis E. Ngwaba Fulbright Scholar.


“….from galaxies to atoms, from deserts to oceans, from sharks to worms, from cities to forests: he ranges through the landscape of human experience, bringing together agony, and bliss, betrayal and loyalty….  This volume confirms Udeozo unequivocally as the master of metaphor.”

                                                                                Rt. Rev. Emmanuel S.


 Egbunu, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese, of Lokoja, Nigeria.



“Cyclone is quite simply out of this world.  The cover features the 1999 picture “Shark!”

by Jeffrey L. Rotman.  The all – black page 300 has a round “worm hole” leading to the ozone or the galaxy…  The equally black page 303 has the poem “Negative Victor Ludorum” laid upside down etc. The forming and layout of some of the poems are otherworldly.  Beyond the designs Udeozo remains a poet of solid words, writing a kind of poetry that sets fire on ice.”





“Cyclone is a creatively fierce book which volume and quality, uniqueness of style, meet at the same sublime summit…  Udeozo’s poems are either singing, leaping or they are just soaring… a seraphic orchestra.

                                                  LEADERSHIP Sunday.


Obu Udeozo’s poetry resonates with a delightful music and an amazing simplicity of idiom.  Yet he deals with very complex emotions and vivifies every acute metaphor with a learned grasp of phenomenal nature…”



“Architecture patterns are strikingly used to foster a form – sense synthesis…  The result approximates the professed goal of the Heideggerian search for a quintessential language.”





“…relentlessly experimental.”




“Like Okigbo, rainbow, thunder, death…flowers, wine,  religion, colours, songs, music, nature, history, politics, culture, memories, symbolism, entertainments, beauty and more, are found in Udeozo’s mature and sophisticated simple poetry.”





Udeozo’s poetry comes to us hot from the foundry of his restless imagination.  He is a natural poet ready to take on any subject that touches his people.  We shall hear of him more and more in the years ahead”.


Chinua Achebe



“A man with a message, a very heavy and urgent message.”

OKIKE:  An African Journal of New Writing



“He strides along the pages trying to recapture the picturesque.  Like the master of metaphor that he is, he translates the brush strokes of his fertile imagination into the canvas of poetic surrealism… He is on of such spirits stirred by the Divine.”






                                                                                                            By: Obu Udeozo


An Igbo man from Nigeria is being idolized in America, as a King of the Computer age. That foreign Universities, research institutions and Western nations compete for his lecture tours, plus media coverage like a Head of State!


What does this mean to the Kenyan, the Yoruba, the Ghanian, the Berom, and the Zulu among us. What does achieving the world's fastest computation at 3.1 billion calculations per second: implying break-through in medical science, automobile engineering and many other fields of knowledge; mean to 20th century society's blackman, and developing nations?


Several levels of significance exist in human endeavors. An event qualifies for historical reckoning if it attains the super-ordinate status and proves of enduring value.


Individuals and nations that make impact to civilization become wheels upon which the world's progress rolls for ages.


One cannot imagine a world without fire and agriculture, without reading and writing, without the Egyptians and Greeks, without Galileo and Einstein, a world without television and electronics, and now a world without Massive Parallelism and Emeagwali.


It has not always been this way.


Like a faded photograph, traumas in the recent past, has blurred our communal minds. After our colonial experience, developing nations lapsed into psychic inertia: passively watching major developments in the world, without respectable contributions on our part.


Against this background, Emaegwali's significance is multifold. His feat is unprecedented. The achievement occurred in a rarefied field of science. And it represents a climax of on-going "myth-breaking" events in our own side of the story.


However, one must be wary of hyperboles. Emeagwali did not manufacture the computer he used, nor can Nigeria invent any from scratch to showroom.


Emeagwali's achievement is a landmark in an increasing wave of black triumphs in our time. There is an alarming penetration of Blacks into territories, which the world had felt were beyond our peculiar nature.


After the legendary Mohammed Ali's assertion that there will never be a White World Heavy Weight Boxing Champion, unless there are no good Blacks, we now have an avalanche of Superstars in several specialties, Michael Jackson, Mike Tyson, Michael Jordan, Mike Marsh, as if excellence were a monopoly of MIKES!!


Yet, the demeaning myth endured.


It seemed as if the genius of developing nations were limited to events needing stamina and not cerebration.


It appeared with almost frightening verisimilitude that we could not perform at those sublime activities which required exercising the human mind at its highest intensity.


Our earlier men of genius, persons like Chike Obi, Awojobi, Ali Mazurui, the Okigbos, and Abdul Salam appeared like pitiable exceptions in an ocean of ineptitude.


General Colin Powel recently observed that Africans are losing even those elementary comforts we inherited from colonialism.


These days, evil appears to have headquarters on our soil. Every conceivable vice flourishes here - robbery, dishonesty, starvation, civil war, cruelty and conspicuous consumption.


To worsen matters, African Leadership, by Africans for Africans have squandered more of their nation's wealth, than the colonial masters ever harvested in the entire continent.


Somehow, it was becoming self evident, that we were degenerate and disoriented.


And this reinforced the SUPERIORITY COMPLEX of our detractors.


Are we doomed to subjugation and depravity.

Let it be noted that this is not a racist treatise. Spreading the gospel of inter-racial acrimony can only compound the problem. I believe that racism, ethnicism and their sisters, are counter-productive in life. Private happiness and collective peace are ruined by excessive self-interest. Therefore, sign-posts like creed, nation, color and tribe merely amplify human problems. The noble man is he whose mind can embrace the world in equal fellowship. This is the mark of cultivation and genius.


Nevertheless, the issues herein addressed are primeval.


We are talking about a SOLID feeling that gripped the black mind in recent history. The tenuous feelings of underprivilege, emasculation and bewilderment; he either accepted or revolted against.


And this is a fact of life not fiction - however bitterly it is denied.


Regardless of the strings of successes persons from developing nations had made in various fields of knowledge, the suspicion lingered, that there were certain areas of scholarship our "Humanity" could not handle. Ever heard of a blackman being the World Champion in chess, or a Nobel Prize Winner in Molecular Medicine, Quantum Mechanics or Fractal Geometry. Winning in such areas seemed as unlikely as a blackman being the President of Japan.


But now, all this has changed.


The emergence of Emeagwali and his stunning accomplishments in super computers, with degrees in five different discipline, like Applied Mathematics, Ocean and Marine Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, another in Mathematics, and of course a Doctorate degree in Scientific Computing - we can say that his celebration in America and Western Nations, is a sweet vindication of God's impartiality concerning Genius.


Before qualifying this jubilation as unnecessary and baseless, consider Chinua Achebe's response as a clue to the mentality of foreigners in this concern. Said he, "Equality is the one thing which Europeans are conspicuously incapable of extending to others, especially Africans."




This discourse sets our present status and achievement in its proper historical light. An Igbo proverb says that: "he who does not remember when and where it started raining on him, will not appreciate when it stops".

Things have changed without a doubt. Not many Europeans still hold the view credited to the German Scholar, Late Janheinz Jahn who said:


"only the most highly cultivated person counts as a real European. A real African on the other hand … lives in the bush … goes naked … and tells fairy stories about the crocodile and the elephant. The more primitive, the more really African".


We are compelled to take cognizance of Emeagwali's contributions and to celebrate them, because contemptuous treatment of developing nations, exist in Western Societies, at varying levels till date.


Of man's countless inventions, the COMPUTER is an amazing icon of veneration because of it's dazzling possibilities. The machine revels in a snobbish exclusiveness because even its operators wear an aura of privilege.


It is upon this Western Civilization's Crowning Jewel, that Philip Emeagwali, from Onitsha, Nigeria - is considered the "World's Fastest Man:" having also made history by being the first Solo Winner of the Gordon Bell Prize, which hitherto, was won only by seasoned research teams.


The argument is finished.


Emeagwali's brilliance is akin to an ablution; it has upturned the perverted logic of bigots and supremacists, who classify certain individuals or races, as second class beings or out-rightly sub-humand.


Emeagwali, and others like Prof. Nnaji who is considered among the World's best three Robotics Engineers, Olarenwaju Adeyiga, Howard's Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Dr. Ofodile, a Plastic Surgeon and member of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery are Africans at the peak of excellence in their various disciplines at the summit of science.




These accomplishments are a metaphor for freedom. They are proofs of the universal quality of genius, as freely bestowed on mankind by God to Emeka, Pollock, Kofi, Kim, Ibrahim and Aristobulus.


But ironically, it is at this climax that our celebration must halt. We critically need a solemn self re-assessment.


What are our chances of sustaining these break-throughs for contributing our respectable quota to human society.


The philosopher Whitehead says that "Civilization develops only where considerable number of men work together for common ends".


In Nigeria for instance, male youths from Emeagwali's area no longer go to school by a pathetic extent. Discriminatory policies entrenched in our nation translate school leavers especially from Igboland into candidates of despair and helplessness.


In a situation where citizens of a nation are denied equal rights to basic amenities of life, where mutual suspicion, rivalry and hatred inspire State Policy; where embezzlement of public funds and violence reign, how can we harness the consensus for progress.


Whereas developed nations, comfortably ahead of us are tirelessly seeking new inventions, like reported prospects of computers being designed that will monitor and minimize energy waste in the home, fine tune the car fuel system, flag us when something needs repair, they will also warm the garage, lock the doors and perform an assortment of tasks.


Here in Africa, as a result of insensitivity in high quarters and misplaced priorities, foreign musicians routinely organize charity shows to save our population from flooding, guinea worm infection and starvation.


The Continent's problems have become so severe, that even our best minds are uttering what was once considered sacrilegious. Prof. Ali Mazurui recently advocated "Benign Recolnization" of Africa by Africans more prosperous nations, in order to rescue us from total collapse. o


But when African Scholars, Professors and graduates alike, scramble for opportunities to teach pupils in Western Nations and America, in order just to feed, when our graduates wash dishes, serve as night guards and petrol attendants overseas, what other passport or visa to Neo-Colonization do we require.


Africa's problems are not congenital nor "in our stars". We can and have now triumphed in academics. Our athletes and footballers are admired worldwide and paid salaries that would make most of their home Governments to salivate.


What we pray for is an environment of peace and justice, which does not negate progress among us.


We need International Award Winning Politicians, Soldiers and God fearing Leadership in Africa now!


It is their turn.


Only this will enable us contribute our proven equality to all fields of human endeavor.


The world does not owe us a free lunch.


Compared with the prospects of his native land surviving into the 21st century, Emeagwali's feat however lofty and commendable fizzles. It is like fielding George Opong Weah, because he was the world's most valuable player, to face Brazil's National team, ALONE - in a crucial match.

Black nations must begin addressing injustices in our societies which transform us into ready made topics for ridicule, debate and contempt on earth.


And we cannot do so, when our school children have no uniforms, no classrooms, nor textbooks, and when lecturers are on strike and our Universities are closed indefinitely - and nobody cares.



                                                   OBU UDEOZO - is a Professional                                                                 Painter, Poet and Clinical Psychologist.





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Philip Emeagwali, biography, A Father of the Internet, supercomputer pioneer, Nigerian scientist, inventor

 [MSOffice1]"Agbor Female Dancers" - 1999 (Bode Fowotade)


The town square is our place, the festival has come. Markets are closed, and the merchandise seized. Jigolo! Jigolo!! My drummers, captivated by the rhythmic flow of the drums, so acrobatic, I can’t help it. A long expected day has finally come. My taped skirt all danced to the rhythm. The crowd would not go, It is full of strength and skill.


 [MSOffice2]Philip Emeagwali and Robert Matthews, Garfield East Elementary School, Willingboro, New Jersey, February 26, 1999.

 [MSOffice3]*Ikenga: A multidimensional Igbo term, that symbolizes the spiritual quintessence of the race. On the iconic level, it is a carved totem that denotes the vital life-force in Igbo cosmology. On the anatomical scale, it is equivalent to the outstretched powerful righthand of the individual with divine possibilities.


Ikenga altar statuettes are found in sacred shrines of the Igbo-speaking people of southeastern Nigeria. They are personal power icons that are believed to possess protective spirits and provide success and achievement. The word “ikenga” translates to “man's life force” or “place of strength.”

 [MSOffice5]a stool reserved for nobility in Igboland.

 [MSOffice6]an Igbo mystic from Aguleri, Anambra State, Nigeria; whose oracles strike a shocking congruence, with the Holy Bible’s vision of The End Time.

 [MSOffice7]a personal god which the Igbos regard as their protector and benefactor. Igbos believe that one’s chi is like the Chrisian’s guardian angel.

 [MSOffice8]Udeozo wrote:


“… your chicken over oxen theory

defied the deified Seymour Cray

to deliver the crown of science

upon the African Sun.”


An early illustration of Emeagwali's chicken vs. oxen metaphor. He proved that 65,000 chickens (electronic brains called processors) are more powerful than a single $100 million supercomputer, a discovery that inspired

the reinvention of the supercomputer

as thousands of electronic brains

that occupies the space of

four tennis courts.

 [MSOffice9]“A man with a message, a very heavy and urgent message.”

OKIKE:  An African Journal of New Writing



First published in The African Profiles in 1997, and in several Nigerian publications.

 [MSOffice11]The Emeagwali Family

(L-R) Francis Ndaguba Emeagwali, Edith Chinwe Emeagwali, James Nnaemeka Emeagwali, Martin Ikemefuna Emeagwali, Agatha Iyanma Emeagwali, Charles Emeagwali, Florence Onyeari Emeagwali, Philip Chukwurah Emeagwali (Agbor Street, Uromi, Nigeria. December 24, 1962)

 [MSOffice12]This tribute was published in several newspapers, such as The Dallas Weekly, Feb 28-Mar 5, 1996, Vol. 42, No. 9, 1996, page 10.

 [MSOffice13]From “Profiles in Excellence” series published by Giant Foods.